Various Artists: A Cleansing Ascension

Various Artists: A Cleansing Ascension
Label: Elevator Bath
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"On the occasion of Elevator Bath's 10-year anniversary, the label has
issued its first collection of new material from 10 artists currently involved
with Elevator Bath.
 
A Cleansing Ascension includes previously unreleased recordings from:
Matt Shoemaker, Adam Pacione, Jim Haynes, Keith Berry, Rick Reed, Dale
Lloyd, Colin Andrew Sheffield, James Eck Rippie, and Tom Recchion.
 
This is the ideal introduction to the label, offering a particularly cohesive yet
varied selection of works from some of the brightest names in the
experimental music community. Uneasy narrative, warm ambience, rusted
drones, sine waves, field recordings, meditative composition, plus a glorious
photograph on the inner sleeve (taken by Colin Andrew Sheffield's father in
1971) can all be found in this single, beautiful package.
Elevator Bath = A Cleansing Ascension.
 
As always, packaged inside two elegant, printed sleeves (this time in full
color) with soy-based ink on 100% recycled paper."  (Elevator Bath)
 
Track List:
1. Matt Shoemaker: Waning Ataraxia
2. Adam Pacione: Soilbind Morning Glory
3. Jim Haynes: Like A Thief In The Night
4. Keith Berry: Toward The Blue Peninsula
5. Rick Reed: The Fiery Sound Of Light
6. Dale Lloyd: Our Morphosis
7. Colin Andrew Sheffield: For Today
8. Francisco López: Untitled #194
9. James Eck Rippie: Hidden Mirrors
10. Tom Recchion: Drift Tube
 
"They don't make compilations like they used to; but this one from Elevator
Bath is certainly an exception to that rule. A good percentage of the
currently released compilations tend towards collections of impossible to
find rarities (at best) or (at worst) a random assortment of tracks which
never quite made it onto proper albums, so why not lump them all together
on some disposable compilation with the good tracks just ending up on
the iPod anyway. But there was a day when labels took the job of curating 
compilations very seriously with the artists rising to the task as well. One
can think back to the Perspectives And Distortion comp from Cherry Red
back in 1981, or the eccentric electronics on The Elephant Table Music
Album, or those weird comps on United Dairies, or even 4AD's Lonely Is An
Eyesore. Dare it be said that A Cleansing Ascension might be one of the
few modern comps that even comes close to those seminal compilations
of post-punk atmospherics and obscure experimentation. Elevator Bath
was birthed in Texas, although relocated to Seattle in 2004; and this
compilation marks the 10th anniversary of the label, which has quietly and
consistently released an excellent body of deep drone construction,
damaged plunderphonic collage, sound ecological research, and even a
few things which are down right sublime. The heavy hitters on A Cleansing 
Ascension are LAFMS ring-leader Tom Recchion and the globe trotting field
recordist Francisco Lopez (operating here in a more musique concrete
guise), with plenty of Aquarius favorites as well: Keith Berry, Adam Pacione,
Matt Shoemaker, and aQ's own Jim Haynes. Shoemaker opens the album
with a synthetic soaking of midrange din and drone immaculated sculpted
in a blur of mottled hiss. Pacione, Keith Berry, and label boss Colin Andrew
Sheffield conjure the more lush moments of Eno's Music For Airports with
remarkable flare for restraint through their smoke & mirrors. Haynes does
his best Organum impersonation with a cranky motor rumbling beneath a
hallowed gasp of refined long-form tones. Rick Reed moves from a Delia
Derbyshire squiggle into a deep reverberant belllow. The vastly under-
published Dale Lloyd generates a thick rumble dappled with bristled
electronics and distant Andrew Chalk-ish half melodies. James Eck Rippie
turns toward a clank and clamor of found objects scraping across the
patina of vinyl surface noise and Phillip Jeck stabs at turntable manipulation.
Tom Recchion's maudlin lullaby reconstitutes haunted melodies of ye olde
carnival into a beguiling conclusion to the compilation. While each track is
quite solid, the album also flows very well, with somber drones dominating
the palette of sound although similar themes and complimentary sounds
seem to return after small detours towards the heavy, the oblique, and the
desolate. Highly recommended!"  (Aquarius Records)
Release Info
Format CD
Country USA

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